Updates News December 12, 2017

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Jokowi Expects PTSP to be Operational in February 2018
Tempo.co, 11 Decemhber 2017

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) today talked about the importance of government transparency in permit issuance including on the one-door service.
Jokowi said that the process of issuance of investment license at the One-Stop Integrated Service (PTSP) can be monitored in details by the central government. Therefore, he expects the PTSP or Single Submission Service to be operational next year.
“I expect that in February we already have a Single Submission Service building,” President Joko Widodo said today at the Bidakara Hotel in Jakarta. “The licensing process can be traced, which ones are moving quickly and which ones are slow.”
The Single Submission Service is being developed from the PTSP. Both are established to process the issuance of investment license but the services of central and regional PTSPs are not yet integrated. As a result, permit applications at the PTSP is often become long and complex.
The Single Submission Service is expected to help solve the issue.
With big data, licensing process at central and regional governments will be integrated. The invest 12or registry will also be simplified to prevent repeated registration process.
President Jokowi went on to say that the integrated system must be expedited since more and more regions establish the PTSP. As of August, there are at least 531 PTSPs in regions across Indonesia. 
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The Technology Behind MRT Jakarta`s Self-Operating Railway System
Tempo.co, 11 Decemhber 2017

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Jakarta is offering to provide an international standard railway transportation that will be operable in 2019. 
It will utilize an automatic fare collection (AFC) system that will be provided by Japan’s Nippon Signal.
We were given the chance to pay a visit to Nippon Signal’s 79,441 square meter factory that is located in Utsunomiya, Japan, on Monday, November 27. This is where they produce numerous systems that are often used by Japanese railway operators.
The initial plan is that the MRT Jakarta train unit will be self-operable which will be controlled by the Operational Control Center (OCC) in Lebak Bulus station in South Jakarta. 
In the OCC, the AFC system is composed of a card initialization machine (CIM), line control unit (LCU), and workstation (WS) where it’s run.
Meanwhile, each station’s AFC will be supported by a station control unit (SCU), WS and automatic remaining value check terminal (ARVCT) that works as a passenger’s card balance.
The AFC System is also contained in a ticket office machine (TOM), passenger gate (PG), add value machine (AVM) and ticket vending machine (TVM) that will be placed in 13 phase 1 MRT stations throughout Lebak Bulus-Bundaran HI.
“Lebak Bulus will have an LCU that is connected to each station. The WS of each station is connected to the SCU,” explained Masatoshi Hata, General Manager Production Control Department Utsunomiya Plant.
As the train operator, MRT Jakarta has ordered 35 TVMs, 25 units of AVMs, and 99 sets of PG from Nippon Signal which will be shipped to Indonesia through several phases in early 2018. 
The procurement is included in the ‘107 package’ together with the railway system and track work that is valued at Rp2.7trillion in total.
Based on our observation, the MRT passenger gate and ticket vending machine that was tested by Nippon Signal’s technician is just exactly as the ones used in Japanese train stations.
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Indonesia to attend One Planet Summit in Paris
Antara News, 12 Decemhber 2017

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian government will participate in the One Planet Summit to be held in Paris, France, on Dec 12, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement, here, Monday.
At the summit, Indonesia will be represented by Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya, Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani, and Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Ignasius Jonan.
The conference was initiated by French President Emmanuel Macron to strengthen the will and commitment towards the Paris Agreement on climate change.
The Indonesian government`s attendance at the One Planet Summit will be an affirmation and encourages the completion of the negotiation process, procedure, and operational framework of the Paris Agreement.Moreover, the Indonesian government will highlight its achievement and progress in tackling climate change in Indonesia.
Several topics to be discussed during this summit are improving funding for climate change control, green economy-based monetary funding for sustainable business, speeding the effort to control local and regional climate change, and improving policy for ecological and inclusive transition.
With regard to funding, the One Planet Summit is expected to continue the Paris Agreement`s commitment, to create the funding to fight climate change, to expand effective monetary devices, and to introduce various projects on low carbon economy.
The Paris Agreement is a deal under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change regarding the mitigation of greenhouse gases, adaptation, and funding that is expected to be implemented in 2020.
The deal was negotiated by 195 countries in the United Nations` 21st Climate Change Conference in Paris in 2015 and signed on Earth Day on Apr 22 in New York.
Until March 2017, a total of 194 countries had already signed the Paris Agreement, of which 141 had already ratified the deal. Indonesia had signed the agreement on Apr 22.
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Import duty to be slapped on intangible goods in 2018: Darmin
Antara News, 12 Decemhber 2017

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The government said intangible goods would be slapped with import duty starting January next year, a senior minister said here on Monday. 
Intangible goods imported electronically would be charged with import duty although Indonesia is still bound by moratorium of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Coordinating Minister for Economy Darmin Nasution.
Under the WTO moratorium, developing countries are not allowed to impose import duties on intangible goods trade electronically, Darmin, a key speaker at a seminar on "Outlook of Industry 2018" here on Monday, said. 
He said the government does not need to ask for approval or to lobby the WTO into allowing imposition of import duty on intangible goods as the moratorium would be effective only until Dec 31 this year. 
Earlier, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani said she hopes intangible goods such as e-books, software, etc. could be imposed with import duty next year. 
The Finance Ministry is studying plan to impose import duties on intangible goods on which the procedure of imposing import duties has not been determined by the World Customs Organization (WCO).
With the growing e-commerce, imposition of import duties on intangible goods would create a new potential contributor to the state income. 
This year, developing nations including Indonesia has proposed to WTO that in 2018, intangible goods could be slapped with import duties. 
The WTO moratorium was effective since May 20 in 1998 in the Second Ministerial Conference in Geneva. A similar conference is to be held from 10 to 13 December 2017 in Argentina.  
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University of Indonesia ranked 23rd greenest campus in the world
Antara News, 12 Decemhber 2017

Depok, W Java (ANTARA News) - The University of Indonesia (UI) is ranked as the world`s 23rd greenest campus, according to the UI GreenMetricWorld University Rankings 2017 version.
"UI consistently maintains its pioneering in rating the development of green campus, and it has been widely adopted by universities in the world," UI Rector Prof. Muhammad Anis said here on Monday.
The rector stated that UI was proud to take part in supporting the achievement of the development of green campus infrastructure in the world as an effort to create a generation that care about environmental sustainability.
It is expected that through the UI GreenMetric Ranking, universities worldwide can take part in preventive and curative efforts to mitigate climate change impacts. UI continues to work to build an environmentally friendly generation and become a trendsetter in the world`s ranking on environment and sustainability.
The UI GreenMetric is an innovation by the University of Indonesia that has been widely recognized in the international world as the world`s first university?s commitment based on environmental management.
As part of its strategy to raise its international standing, the university hosted an International Conference on World University Rankings on April 16, 2009.
At the national level, the UI is ranked first as the world`s greenest campus, while the Bogor Agricultural Institute (IPB) is at the second position and Sepuluh November Institute of Technology (ITS) at the third position.
Furthermore, Semarang State University is at fourth position, Sebelas Maret University at fifth, Diponegoro University at sixth, Brawijaya University at seventh, Islamic University of Indonesia at eighth, Telkom University at ninth, and Padjadjaran University at the tenth position.The number of universities participating in the ranking increases from year to year.
The number of participants from Indonesia also increases to 58 universities, and they keep pursuing to meet the UI GreenMetric?s indicators.
The UI GreenMetric is a rating agency that has been officially accepted as a member of International Ranking Expert Group (IREG) Observatory at the IREG-6 Conference on April 2012 in Taipei, Taiwan. 
The UI GreenMetric is based on three basic philosophies, namely Environment, Economic, and Equity (3-Es). Some improvements to the methodology and surveys are continuously conducted by the UI GreenMetric Team to generate a comprehensive ranking.
One of the policy is to develop the weight of the assessment indicators, consisting of campus conditions and infrastructure (15 percent), energy and climate change (21 percent), waste management (18 percent), water use (10 percent), transportation (18 percent), and education (18 percent).This year is the eighth announcement since the world university ranking based on the environment aspects began in 2010.
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Clean Energy Projects Hampered by Funding
Tempo.co, 11 Decemhber 2017

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Energy and Mineral Resources Deputy Minister Arcandra Tahar lamented on the high interest rates that local banks impose for new renewable energy funding. Local banks are imposing an average interest rate between 10 and 11 percent.
The high rate, he said, is inhibiting the government's goals to develop new energy. With an investment return rate of around 14 percent, business actors are less inclined to work on something with just a three-percent profit.
Arcandra said Indonesia needs to have an interest rate average of just four to five percent to help pursue the goal of reaching a clean energy mix of 23 percent by 2025. To date, the clean energy contribution is 11.9 percent.
The Water Power Developers' Association chairman Riza Husni disagrees with the deputy minister. He said that the problem hampering clean energy development is not the high bank interest rate—but the selling prices of electricity that are too cheap.
Regulations in Indonesia limit the selling price of electricity based on the cost of production.This policy, Riza said, has lowered Indonesia's rating in the Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI) by Ernst and Young to below 40. In 2015, Indonesia was at the 38th position."Suppressing clean energy prices will lessen investment attractiveness and makes Indonesia dependent on fossil energy
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Jakarta administration criticized for not uploading meeting videos
Tempo.co, 11 Decemhber 2017

The Jakarta administration's decision to discontinue the publication of videos of executive meetings has been criticized by an activist, saying it was a setback to efforts to create a clean and transparent government.
Based on Gubernatorial Decree No. 159/2016 on uploading videos of leadership meetings, the administration is mandated to make the videos accessible to the public by uploading the decision-making process in the hopes of creating transparency.
It stipulates that the videos should be uploaded three days after the meeting.
Deputy Governor Sandiaga Uno, however, recently said the administration would discontinue uploading the videos to YouTube because they had been misused and instead created public division.
Idris Ahmad from online platform Kawal Jakarta has lamented such a new policy, saying that it contravened the prevailing regulation. 
"If the deputy governor does not like transparency, he may revise the regulation. However, as long as it still prevails, the administration should display the leadership meeting videos […]," he said in a statement on Monday.
Based on his observations, Idris said, most of the videos uploaded to the administration's official channel were dominated by less important content, such as ceremonies and working visits, with only one video displaying an executive meeting. 
He added that Kawal Jakarta rejected the proposal to discontinue the move, which was introduced by the previous administration."As the capital, Jakarta should become an example to other cities," he said.  
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Indonesia studies offers for toll road payment system
Tempo.co, 11 Decemhber 2017

Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono said on Monday that the ministry was currently studying offers from several countries to implement the multi-lane free flow (MLFF) system as part of the final phase of a nationwide, cashless toll road payment program.
The MLFF is expected to significantly reduce queues at toll gates as the system would simply scan cars for payments."We have yet to decide which technology [we are going to use]. There are so many options," Basuki told The Jakarta Post in Jakarta on Monday.
The ministry's directorate general of roads is currently examining the offers, he added."We have received offers from countries such as [South] Korea, Hungary and Japan," Basuki said.
As the government successfully implemented a cashless toll gate system using electronic money in October, Basuki was optimistic that the MLFF could be applied by December 2018, as scheduled. 
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XL Axiata to partner in $170m undersea cable project
Tempo.co, 11 Decemhber 2017

Publicly listed telecommunications company XL Axiata is partnering with an Australia-based counterpart Vocus Group to lay an undersea cable worth US$170 million.
The telecommunication network for global internet access will be 4,600 kilometers in length and is scheduled to begin operation in the third quarter of 2018.
XL Axiata CEO Dian Siswarini said the cooperation would provide Indonesia with an alternative route for accessing the global network.
Currently, the company only has the Jakarta-Singapore route. "This route is six times larger in [bandwidth] capacity than the current one," she said in Jakarta on Monday.The project will provide 50 terabyte data capacity when it is inaugurated.
XL Axiata technology director Yessie D. Yosetya said the company aimed for at least half of the company’s data traffic to and from outside Indonesia to be via this new route.
Meanwhile, for Vocus Group, the project is needed to replace the old cable that has been in operation for about 20 years and to accommodate the increasing demand for data to and from Asian countries, said Vocus Group chairman Vaughan Bowen."We have increasing demand [for data traffic] to and from Asia," he told The Jakarta Post.
Communications and information Minister Rudiantara, who attended the event, welcomed the project."We [in Indonesia] tend to download rather than upload, so it means our data traffic from outside the country is bigger,” he said, adding that downloads were four times greater than uploads. 
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